“If the Court allows TCR to seize private property for a doomed project, miles and miles of rural Texas will be permanently scarred by the taxpayers who will have to foot the bill.”
Texas Insider Report WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, Congressmen Kevin Brady (TX-08), Jake Ellzey (TX-06) and Michael McCaul (TX-10) sent an amicus letter to the Texas Supreme Court warning of Texas’ lack of progress and funding Central Railroad at the federal level. for their proposed high-speed rail project between Dallas and Houston.
“As the Texas Supreme Court could determine the outcome of an eminent domain case that would dramatically curtail the property rights of Texans, it is essential to caution against the Texas Central Railroad’s lack of progress at the federal level,” said Congressman Brady. “The truth is, Texas Central is light years away from getting the essential permits from the federal government and hasn’t proven it can pay for this mess of a project.”
In the letter, the MPs wrote:
“At the federal level alone, TCR does not qualify for the loans they claim are essential, has not even applied for the necessary permits from the Surface Transportation Board, nor does it have authority from the Federal Railroad Authority to begin construction. – which makes this project woefully unprepared to build a high-speed rail line Granting TCR the extraordinary power to seize 240 miles of private property will only serve to devastate thousands of landowners and the communities in which they live and robbing the American taxpayer. As things stand, TCR is just a grossly underfunded proponent of a project with one foot in the grave. We respectfully request that the Court consider these material facts and rule in favor of Mr. Miles and against TCR.
“In short, TCR has not received any of the necessary permits to begin construction or operation of the project, nor has it engaged in any of the time-consuming and costly processes necessary to obtain those permits. For these reasons, we strongly support the judgment of the trial court in favor of Mr. Miles and against TCR. If the Court allows TCR to seize private property for a doomed project, miles and miles of the Texas countryside will be permanently scarred by the taxpayers who will have to foot the bill.
Read the full letter here.